Workers at the Tideland Reclamation Complex in North Pyongan Province are now stepping up construction at the first-stage Honggondo Island Tideland Reclamation Project. The project comes at a time of an upswing in economic development throughout the country, with similar projects taking place in big cities like Chongjin, Pyongyang, and the western port city of Namp’o.
It is a grand nature harnessing project to bring several thousand hectares of tideland under cultivation by building dozens of 1 kilometre-long dikes and two sluice gates. This will, in turn, allow for an increase in local food production.
The builders in the complex, who have gained major experience in past tideland reclamation projects (such as the ones around Taegye Island and in the Kwaksan areas), have made great achievements by employing rational construction methods fluidly and efficiently. Equipment for the project has been both produced domestically and imported from the eastern European country of Slovakia.
After completing the first embankment in May, the workers finished the banking outline of the second and fourth embankments and are now pushing ahead the building of the third embankment and the two sluice gates simultaneously.
On the basis of regular survey of water currents in the sea and changes in the ground structure, they applied various construction methods to ensure the speed and quality of the overall project. The project is expected to positively impact as many as 20,000 people in the nearby region.
A series of successful TNT blastings, such as 250,000 and 200,000-cubic-metre ones carried out by the complex’s workers this year, have made it possible to speed up the development of the project. The project is expected to be completed by late December 2015.